Hiker mugged, breaks leg in Cape Town

2011-11-21 08:16

Cape Town - A hiker fell off a ledge, broke a leg and bruised his ribs while running away from three muggers armed with a knife on Table Mountain at the weekend, The Cape Times newspaper reported on Monday.

JJ Badenhorst, 33, a businessman from Green Point, was attacked while walking with his friend Thea Burger on the Karbonkel Mountain, which is part of Table Mountain National Park, in Hout Bay.

"While we were walking, we saw three men behind us. They looked suspicious and we felt unsafe. We started walking through the bushes, not on the normal route, to try and get away.

"Suddenly, the three men were just behind us. We started running downhill," Badenhorst said.


He and Burger fell from a ledge. Burger landed on her feet, sustaining a few cuts and bruises, but Badenhorst fractured his left leg and bruised some ribs.

"We fell and then rolled. We were trying to grip on to vegetation to stop ourselves. I fell about 10 to 15 metres.

"We fell from one section on to a hiking trail. I could feel I broke my leg. I shouted to Thea to run. The three men were definitely chasing us. They wanted to run after Thea, but saw I couldn’t go anywhere and stole the stuff I had. They are definitely professionals.

"They knew what they were doing," he said.

Badenhorst said the mugger who threatened him with a knife had scars on his face and his eyes squinted. He could not immediately recall finer details or how the other two looked."

The attack on Saturday is the latest in a string of incidents on parts of Table Mountain.

Three days ago tourists were attacked and a woman was mugged in Cecilia Forest, near Constantia.

Two men were arrested for the incident.

  • John - 2011-11-21 08:26

    Table Mountain is now one the new Seven Wonders of the World, the only wonder is that no tourist has been killed by these scavengers yet.

      christo.stone - 2011-11-21 09:05

      Yes...and where is the so called security they were bragging about last week?

      danalexsmith - 2011-11-21 09:55

      at the same time every day two security men and a dog walk half way up lions head, on the path. that's not security. that's a waste of time and tax payer money.

      wesleywt - 2011-11-21 10:24

      TMNP want to hide where tourist are being attacked on the mountain. I wonder who came up with that brain fart.

      Charlotte - 2011-11-21 11:15

      @jean Table Mountain was just named one of the 7 wonders of the world. and you are telling me that there are better things to write about. facts are facts - noone is bringing down the mountains name. crime is crime - one cant hide the crime that happens on the mountain in fear that it taints cape towns image and the mountains name

      Jean - 2011-11-21 11:30

      John, while you are right dont forget Cape Town is a huge city of about 5 million. We have about 75km of mountain chain in length (and a few 100km in perimeter) that the city of Cape Town surrounds. While no muggings are acceptable, take any big city in the world and you are sure to have many muggings along such huge natural areas that are found within the city. I mean New York has murders in Central Park, which is more than 1000 times smaller than our huge park. Im afraid, although its part of the whole Table Mountain National Park chain, the opening paragraph of this article is utter rubbish as the Cape Times didn't report the incident happening on Table Mountain but on Karbonkel Mountain in Hout Bay. This is incorrect and poor form from news24 and is just yet another case of trying to draw readers in with misleading information. Its like blaming the high crime rate of Nelspruit on the Kruger Park so we can have a dig at Kruger and bring its name down for tourism. Very clever. But even so its blatent wrong information reported by news24 to make the article more interesting. Please get your facts straight and don't try and bring down Table Mountain's name with sensationalist information!! Furthermore why don't you keep reporting the countless break-ins and other crime that takes place everyday on table mountain slopes in the upper area of the city bowl? Surely you would get your desired affect of bringing down the name of this great place and do your best to ruin tourism?

      danalexsmith - 2011-11-21 12:40

      Hi Jean, putting it bluntly I don't give a flying duck about central park. NY is not CT. you cannot compare the two. I have lived 30 good years in Cape Town and only in the last few years have muggings across ALL CT mountains become a problem. In a country where crime is on every corner, when I go to the mountain, I go for peace and calm. I will not start carrying pepper spray, hand cuffs and firearms when we go with kids and friends for a sunday hike. I'm all for sensationalism if it serves a good purpose - in this case if the powers that be take note of how pissed off we all are then perhaps it has served a good purpose, no? it's that or we all start carrying firearms onto the mountain - and turn it into a favela. who's side are you on?...

  • Monti - 2011-11-21 08:26

    Hikers should be armed with 9 mm. pistols

      jpstrauss - 2011-11-21 11:14

      Magnums with hollow points rather.

  • damonsb - 2011-11-21 08:29

    Table mountain aint safe ,but,i`m still going,got my trip planned

      JustMe - 2011-11-21 10:16

      Ja boet! That's the spirit! We'll read about you later, take Monti's (above) advice and take a 9mm with. At least it will be a good story then.

      Wimpie - 2011-11-21 10:53

      Your trying to get your name in the papers...

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2011-11-21 08:31


      Deon - 2011-11-21 09:51

      They did not.

      Jason - 2011-11-21 11:05

      You should be able to... Eliminate crime by removing the criminals not by restricting the freedoms of the (potential) victims.

  • Butch - 2011-11-21 08:50

    It seems that the biggest wonder on table mountain is to hike without being a victim of crime.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-11-21 08:53

    Welcome to the 7th wonder of the world, thats why I didnt vote for it.

      Sean - 2011-11-21 10:52

      It's the "wonder how many people are still going to bemugged/killed on Table Mountain" despite the so-called increased security that the police were bragging about! Just another fast and fake marketing strategy to encourage tourists to continue spending their Dollars and make the council or someone rich! Let them put their money where their mouth is and truly start with a strict no-tollerating action to the crime there even if it takes making an example of these criminals that are caught by erecting a wall of shae with pics and sentences received for any illegal transgressions to show any potential criminals what could happen to them! Wanted criminals pics could also be showcased on this signage not only to warn tourists/locals but for the police where they were spotted. Most people have smart phones or GPS devices that can save lats and longs of where these suspects were spotted, technology can be utilised here to assist the police as well if their devices don't get stolen that is!

      Jason - 2011-11-21 11:06

      No Poloyatonki, you didnt vote for it because they havent yet made it legally possible to build a 'informal settlement' on top of it.

      Nigel - 2011-11-21 11:20

      no, you didn't vote for it because its in a DA governed province

  • jason.dutoit - 2011-11-21 08:53

    this was not on table mountain...

      barrybru - 2011-11-21 09:30

      That is besides the point. It is part of the Table Mountain chain... security is a concern throughout the peninsula. Unacceptable!

      DavidHFox - 2011-11-21 10:38

      And that makes it OK? Is this acceptable ANYWHERE in South Africa? And barrybru is correct - I think it is safe to say that this forms part of the Table Mountain area as it is part of the chain.

  • marazor - 2011-11-21 08:54

    Zille failing to keep her dogs on a leash... We can't have tourists being attacked.

      Rainbow - 2011-11-21 09:06

      You mean ANCYL failing to keep their gang members in line.

      christo.stone - 2011-11-21 09:07

      Yes like tourists would want to go to Jhb to get mugged, raped and killed...

  • Roy - 2011-11-21 08:56

    Perhaps these muggers are working hand-in-glove with the "security" people on the mountain who are there to protect them but are never seen. Would seem that now that Table Mountain is going to be one of the seven wonders of the world,it is going to be the first place that one should also avoid.

      Sean - 2011-11-21 10:57

      it would be safer to use a 500mm telephoto lens to take pics of the mountain or to just go to to a "safe" part of town to buy a postcard to take home just to say that they saw the mountain at a safe distance! Is this what it will amount to?

  • Tony - 2011-11-21 09:13

    Its called one of the Seven Wonders of The Wolrd, because every time you visit you wonder where your wallet is!

  • Deon - 2011-11-21 09:18

    I have a nice walking stick that changes into a sword, I should try it out sometimes.

  • John - 2011-11-21 09:31

    It's easy to make light of our 7th wonder in the light of these attacks. The truth is that people get mugged outside their front door on a regular basis. There is bearly a square metre of space in SA where you can say I am truely safe.

  • Omnivore - 2011-11-21 10:08

    I hike weekly, armed. I really wish someone would try to mug me.

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  • Jean - 2011-11-21 10:52

    And now its practically impossible to enjoy our own heritage without taking an armed guard - Oh I forgot, only criminals are allowed to be armed!! In addition you can't take your dog with you either without jumping through hoops, paying for permits and getting photos - of you, not the dog!

  • patrick.klerck - 2011-11-21 10:55

    I think if they have employed security guards, they should be employed as guides so all walkers get a guide to protect them from wild animals like when walking in other national parks.

  • Tim - 2011-11-21 10:56

    A can of Mace and a few large cable ties is all you need on the mountain these days. keep the mace handy and empty it on the knife wielding mugger. Then cable tie hands and feet and call police! Obviously this is in an ideal situation! Wish we could get rid of these buggers!

      Laetitia - 2011-11-21 12:18

      Not a good idea! Me waiting there with the culprits tied up & then, if the police came, I have to go through court cases and pay for these criminals board & lodging! The criminals get away with almost everything - I'll rather support the idea of carrying a 9mm and the knowledge on how to use it! and I WILL USE it!

  • Nigel - 2011-11-21 11:17

    oh for gods sake, lets catch these bastards!!!!!!!

  • Mrs-Pal - 2011-11-21 12:14

    Mmmmmmmmm? Hout Bay is bordered by a Black squatter camp, and of course the Coloured Ghetto. Wonder who the muggers were?

  • JMan - 2011-11-21 12:26

    Why don't undercover policemen go out there looking like clueless hikers or tourists but armed and protected and shoot these animals in their f**ing faces. This will make them think twice the next time.

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